January, 2012 Archives

I’ve been asked on more than one occasion “What do you photograph?”  The question is not as easy to answer as it might seem.  So here is a partial list of what I’ve photographed in the past few years.

  • An Austrian print of brain anatomy entitled “Gehirn des Menschen” from 1876
  • A chicken foot painted black purchased in New York City
  • An armadillo foot purchased in Haight-Ashbury, San Francisco (at Loved to Death)
  • A coyote skull purchased in Vermont at the Rustic Moose on route 30
  • A deer skull with antlers found in the woods behind my house in Ashford, CT
  • A newborn mouse found in my woodpile
  • Wills cigarette exercise cards issued in 1914
  • Mah jong tiles, cow bone and bamboo, late Qing dynasty around 100-150 years old
  • A Shaw and Nodder hand-colored print, from The Naturalists Miscellany (c. 1789-1813), of the Broad Jointed Tape Worm or Taenia Vugaris (plate # 241)
  • Bird feet liberated from a cat kill
  • “The motion of Venus and Mercury in respect of the Earth” from “The Modern Encyclopedia or Universal Dictionary of Arts, Science & Literature” published in London, by Richards & Co., in 1822
  • Two vintage clock faces purchased in Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Heteropteryx Dilatata  – a lovely bug, referred to as a “walking stick” – only when it spread its wings was it noticeable
  • Pomponia intermedia cicada – a very large cicada
  • A weather-beaten globe remnant found on the side of the road
  • Wishbones from various chickens I’ve eaten
  • Two 1947 50 pesos gold coins
  • Batocera wallacei procerpina  – a rather long beetle
  • 19th century Japanese woodblock print book “I Ching Edo”
  • A Draco volans –  the flying lizard (glides up to 25 ft), found in the Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia
  • Ganaea festiva – an orange colored cicada
  • A kingfisher skull (orange beak)
  • A muskrat skull
  • Alliierte Militarbehorde Reichsmarks, Allied Military Currency, c. 1945
  • Bone and ebony dominos (turn-of-the-century)
  • Vintage 1950’s -60’s Four-Star brand “union made” bingo cards from the Mansfield flea market
  • A cat skull (a gift from a student)
  • Goose eggs from a friend
  • Pseudochalcothea hasseltii (green beetle) from Sumatra
  • Two three-inch rubber dolls purchased in Keene, NH
  • Feathers from the white peacock who live on the Los Poblanos organic farm in Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Pheasant feathers
  • Turkey talons from Vermont
  • An Imperial Debonair (camera) made by Herbert George Co. Chicago around 1960.
  • A purple iris, orange daylily, red tulip, Andromeda blossoms, wild columbine, begonia blossoms, rhododendron blossoms, purple coneflower blossom, bleeding heart blossom, poinsettia leaves, Rose of Sharon blossoms, wisteria vine and high bush cranberry from my yard
  • Four leaf clovers found pressed in a book
  • A zither from the 1920’s (missing its strings)
  • A 12” wrench with a wood handle that belonged to my wife’s grandfather
  • Vintage violin pegs
  • Sylvania blue tip flash bulbs (1940s or 50s)
  • Tussock moth caterpillar from my yard
  • Vole that my cat killed
  • Costume jewelry fittings my brother found at the land fill in New Hampshire
  • Vintage copper boiler (laundry tub)
  • A papier-mâché Jol (1940’s or earlier)
  • A 18th century French black marble clock that belonged to my wife’s grandparents
  • Various found and inherited sea shells (abalone, China clam, etc.)
  • Marbled paper purchased in Florence, Italy
  • 19th century Meiji Japanese woodblock print book
  • Abah River or Wallace’s Flying Frog from western Indonesia
  • Three Stars Safety matches, made by the Jonkoping -Vulcan Co., Sweden, C. 1920s
  • Robert E. Patrick’s (registered “ocularist”) hand painted human prosthetic eye from the 1940’s  “Eye experts are not educated, they are born… there is some of my heart and soul in every eye I make.”
  • Life Everlasting herbal extract, S. W. Gould and Brothers Botanic Garden, Malden, Mass. C. 1900
  • Vintage bisque doll arms with sleeves
  • Skeletalized leaves
  • Vintage, unpainted, bisque doll head from Brimfield Flea Market
  • Victorian scrap album from my wife’s family, c. 1880’s
  • Chinese alarm clock from the 1950’s
  • Cat vertebra – a gift from a student
  • German “Frozen Charlotte” doll (broken) pre – 30’s
  • Composition doll, pre-40’s
  • Vintage Kodak #13 sky filters, pre 50’s
  • J.C. Higgins Mohawk shuttlecocks (real feathers)
  • Hand noted music – Italian (late 19th century)
  • Tre Teste (Italy), Kor (Germany) razor blades c. 1930
  • New York City  souvenir spoons c. 1900
  • El Tiempo Mexican newspaper from 4 de Julio, 1938
  • Blanchard’s Ye Old Town Ways 1903 pocket guide to greater New York
  • Christian Advocate and Journal (newspaper), 1865 (New York City), that lines a trunk I bought at a flea market (advertising stereographic views of the war)
  • Bones found in the forest (eastern CT) – not sure of what
  • Tulles en Tous Genre, Belet Frere business letter dated 1875
  • Dr. Lyna’s Worm Candy box made in Logansport , Indiana.  Dr. Lynas died in 1901 but his factory still made “cures” into the 1920’s.  I bought the box in 1988.
  • American 1824 large cent penny I dug up when I was a kid
  • Bone with barnacles I found on an island off the coast of Maine
  • Small, pea-sized yellow shells from the coast of Maine
  • Stone Buddha head that usually resides in my garden
  • Pierrot clown with geese French postcard, early 20th century
  • 1895-6 Smithsonian bird egg print (plate VI)
  • Keystone magic lantern glass slide – half section of a fish
  • Keystone magic lantern glass slide – plants in a drop of water
  • 1909 French receipt
  • 1908 French shoemaker receipt
  • 1904 Nile Fortune Cards (Sphinx) made by the United States Playing Card Company
  • Toy carousel tin horse approx 6”
  • WWII  Japanese newspaper with photos from the war
  • Seahorse from the Andaman Islands
  • Daguerreotype case with mother of pearl inlay
  • Vintage French Fructines-Vichy laxative tin
  • Official no. 2 Apex wooden darts with turkey feathers made in Norristown, Penn.
  • A small snake found in an azalea bush
  • Anoplophora zonatrix (black and white) beetle from Thailand
  • 19th century daguerreotype in case
  • My grandmother’s bronze “swami” good luck coin, “The All Seeing Eye Guards You from Evil” with swastika, heart-padlock, four-leaf clover, elephant, horseshoe, rabbit foot, wishbone, c. 1930’s
  • Book The Problem of Human Life Here and Hereafter, published 1877 (a tirade against Darwin)
  • Vintage pickle and jig fishing lures
  • Antique outside caliper
  • Vintage wooden large format film holders
  • Picturesque Ireland, published by Thomas Kelly 1877
  • My father’s tooth, which he extracted himself shortly before he died
  • My father’s stamp collection from the early 1960s
  • Antique skeleton keys, assorted sizes (including a very large key to Nicholas Faulkner’s front door, 1850)
  • Milk glass, crystal cake dish, crystal bowl, silver trivet…
  • Watches with exposed gears
  • Hand-made lace of indeterminate age
  • An 1870 Old Farmer’s Almanac
  • Normal Review System of Writing, Silver Burdett & Company, 1894 and 1900
  • Pure Gold for the Sunday School, by Lowry and Doane, 1897